Wednesday, June 13, 2012

JAMES1

Here's the "personal" version of our ladies' bible study on James 1 (minus large and small group discussion).  Use the outline and questions below to engage the Lord and the scripture on your own time.  

JAMES1

BEFORE you read the scripture...
Prepare your heart to hear from God. Try listening to the video/song below. As you listen, prayerfully breathe OUT all the crap and baggage you are holding on to. Breath IN God and His Spirit. Focus on the lyrics, pray the lyrics. Relax, "dial" or "tune" in. Seek God and PRAY that He’d speak to you as you read today!  


Ask God to speak to you today as you read.  Consider using this scripture to pray for understanding:  Psalm 119:18 - Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law!”  Jesus, open my eyes so that I can see what You’re trying to tell me through Your Word today.  Help me understand!  

READ the scripture...
Find James 1 in your Bible or favorite bible translation.  As you read, journal or take notes and prayerfully ask the Lord these questions.  (If you like ambient music to listen to AS you read, try this playlist: James 1 Ambient Playlist)
  1. God, what part of this scripture are you highlighting for me today?
  2. What do you want to say to me through this? In regard to my life?  In regard to who You are or what You’re doing?
  3. Now that you have spoken, how do you want this to change the way I live?  How can I apply this to my life, God?
  4. Write down any questions that you have in regard to the scripture.
MOVING FORWARD Ideas (totally optional!)...
  • Read through this passage for a week, at least once per day.  Continue to journal your thoughts, your prayers, your questions, etc.
  • Think about the different struggles and trials you have gone through in your life.  How has God used them to produce steadfastness or perseverance in you?  How can you worship God in the MIDDLE of your trials?

  • Are you a Listener or a Doer of the Word?  Ask God to help you!


MORE RESOURCES...
This Pinterest board is a compilation of fun things (art, prints, music, translations, commentaries, quotes, prayers, etc.) relating to James 1.  Click HERE or on the Pinterest picture to snoop around.


If you are in the Sioux Falls area, available on Tuesday nights, and wanting to JOIN us at bible study, please leave a comment below with your email address.  I'll be in touch!
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